Bible Texts: 1Cor.9:22, 1Cor.13:6, 1Thess.5:14, Num.13:18, Eph.1:18, Gal.4:19, Jer.29:11, 3Jn.1:2, Matt.6:22
Let’s start today’s teaching by establishing some truths. This will help you appreciate your wife and children. Your wife and children are not perfect. Your wife, no matter her weakness, she has some aspects of her life worth celebrating. Your children also have what you can celebrate. If you must make progress and enjoy your relationship with your wife and children as the good and godly husbandman, you must never dwell on their weaknesses but keep celebrating their strengths.
Now read what the Bible says about that.
When I am with those who are weak, I SHARE THEIR WEAKNESS, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. (1Cor.9:22) NLT
As the head of the family and the spiritual leader of the home, it is very important for you to look away from the faults and weakness of your wife and children. What this means is that, you don’t celebrate the weakness or dwell on the faults of your wife and children. When you dwell on the failings of your wife and children, it tends to get bigger. This is why no matter what your wife and children do, you will never see anything good about them. That is what the devil wants you to continue to do. In Matt.6:22, the Bible says, if thy eyes be single, thy whole body will be full of light (Matt.6:22). As the good and godly husbandman, the will of God for you is to focus and celebrate the strengths of your wife and children rather than their weaknesses. Your heavenly Father does not focus on your failings and weaknesses. He continues to wish above all that you grow unto His image and likeness (Jer.29:11, 3Jn.1:2).
Jesus Christ, our perfect example of how the husbandman must be to his wife and children, died for us while we were yet in sin. He didn’t consider our weakness or failings. He nonetheless loved us and gave Himself to us. That is the character of the godly husbandman. You must be willing to lay down your guard of criticism of your wife and children and lift up the banner of love. You must celebrate their strengths rather than their weaknesses.
But you may ask, do I look away from the faults of my wife and children and allow it to destroy their lives? No. So, what do I do to ensure that my wife and children overcome their weakness? The Bible gives the answer. It says, I travail in prayer that Christ be formed in you (Gal.4:19). As you celebrate their strengths in love, share their weaknesses by interceding for them until they overcome their weakness. I pray that your eyes of understanding be enlightened that you may see…..(Eph.1:18). As you pray for your wife and children, the Holy Spirit opens their inner eyes to appreciate their weakness and work towards becoming better.
God has placed you as the good and godly shepherd over your wife and children. Their joy is your joy. Their happiness is your happiness. You must never give up on your wife and children. Be the change agent and help them become all that God wants them to be.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, deliver me from every spirit of weariness and discouragement.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, empower me to focus and celebrate the strengths of my wife and children rather than focus on their weaknesses.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, help me to press on towards the mark of a good life for my wife and children.
I look beyond the faults of my wife and children and focus on their good sides because that is my nature as the good and godly husbandman in Jesus name. Amen.
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Jesus Christ is Lord over all.
Bro. Ebenezer O. Igure